In a huge political victory for President Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional in every respect.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority.
Details to follow.
UPDATE: It was 5-4 decision, not 6-3 as I mistakenly reported above. Roberts cast the deciding vote. Anthony Kennedy sided with the conservatives.
UPDATE II: If you want to plow through the court’s decision and dissents in this case, have at it HERE.
UPDATE III: The right-wing blogosphere is going bonkers. I’ll have a stand-alone post on wingnut reactions later this morning.
UPDATE IV: Both CNN and Fox News Channel initially — and mistakenly — REPORTED that the court had struck down the mandate.
UPDATE V: The court’s various prevailing opinions and dissents in the ObamaCare case total a whopping 185 pages.
UPDATE VI: All in all, it’s been a bad week for conservatives. The Arizona immigration law was mostly overturned. ObamaCare was upheld. The Fast and Furious crapola was roundly debunked. The president made gains over Mitt Romney in the polls, especially in swing states.
Yeah, a very bad week for our right-wing friends.
UPDATE VII: Interestingly, three of the five justices comprising the majority in the ObamaCare case were women — Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.
UPDATE VIII: House Republicans are PLANNING to vote on repeal of ObamaCare in the next few weeks.
Of course, that will just be for show to appease the right-wing base. A repeal measure will go nowhere in the Senate.
UPDATE IX: In the final analysis, Chief Justice Roberts has saved the court — and himself — from historical ignominy and an unholy mess.
Had the court overturned ObamaCare, it would have rewritten constitutional law and called into question tons of economic regulatory laws adopted over the past 100 years or more.
UPDATE X: Incidentally, right-wingers who threaten to move to Canada in the wake of the court’s ruling had better think again.
Canada’s health-care system amounts to ObamaCare on steroids.
But then, even wingnuts might come to like the Canadian system after a while.